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AMA are CIWM affiliated

October 21st, 2014

All of us here at AMA are proud to announce we have become an affiliated organisation of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM). Membership of the CIWM is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with AMA, and the continued efforts of everyone we work with to keep managing waste responsibly.

Customers have a wide choice of waste management options open to them across the UK, but by choosing CIWM approved businesses such as AMA they can be sure of reliable, trustworthy staff as well as efficient and responsible processes. Becoming involved with the CIWM has only been made possible by the dedication of all our staff and everyone we work with, as well as all of our customers – pushing us onwards by demanding the very best service every time we clock in.

What does the CIWM do?

The vision of the CIWM is “A world where: resources are kept working, waste is put back to work and residues are carefully disposed of.” and that is exactly what we at AMA have always set out to achieve. All of the services that we offer are environmentally friendly and professionally staffed – helping with all your waste management needs in a responsible and renewable way, and CIWM membership only emphasises our commitment to this. Representing over 7,000 waste management companies and authorities across the UK, CIWM provides training and expertise to the industry, as well as running conferences and exhibitions to help improve practices. The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management helps to keep businesses within the sector up to speed on all the latest developments. They also set industry standards and guidelines to help keep work consistent and perceptions of the industry high – with out membership going to show how we meet all their standards.

The Future With AMA

The CIWM states that affiliate organisations should support its aims and objectives, and AMA is committed to doing so long into the future. Going forward we will to maintain our fantastic 80% recycling rate for all waste we handle, and will continue to look for ways to improve on that even further. By continuing to grow too, we can help even more customers than before – saving even more waste from going to landfill and helping to improve our environment for the better – there aren’t many businesses can say that. To get more information on everything we offer here at AMA, plus all the benefits to our CIWM affiliated services, be sure to browse our site fully or call 0845 4638 437 to speak to our team.

The Complete Guide To Skip Hire

September 16th, 2014

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of everyone at AMA Skip Hire, the world of skip hire and waste management can be a slightly confusing one.

With so many varieties and sizes of skip available, from 6-yard skip hire to 40-yard monsters, a host of rules, regulations and permits to follow, and a massive range of other waste management options to choose from – it can sometimes be tricky to know exactly what you need.

Thankfully, AMA has put together this handy PDF guide to all things skip hire – perfect for answering any questions or worries you might have about your project. Inside you’ll find all you need to know about hiring a skip, from what size you need and how to fill one, through to permits and siting regulations.

The AMA skip hire guide has been designed to help everyone, from local contractors and national businesses, to private individuals and event organisers. Whatever your skip and waste needs, wherever you are in the UK, AMA can help – and this guide will give you a handy insight into everything we do, how we do it and how it will help you.

View our skip hire guide.

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If you have any questions about anything you read in our guide, or if you need any more information on what we offer at AMA, please get in touch by calling 0845 463 8437 or filling in an email form on the contact page.

The Modern Approach to Reducing Fly Tipping

September 1st, 2014

Picture the scene; it’s dark and you’re in your car or van by the local woods, no streetlights and nobody around. You’ve got a load of rubbish but the tip is shut and you can’t go tomorrow as you’ve got an early start. You consider dumping it thinking that nobody will ever know. Or will they?

Fly tipping in the UK has been an on-going problem for many years, though the scale and nature does vary greatly. Whilst the number of fly-tipping cases is slowly falling, the cost of clearance of fly tipping to Local Authorities in England in 2012/13 was £36.4 million*.

Thanks to modern technology and an increase in sting operations, local councils have an increased armoury with which to tackle fly tipping.  GPS mapping, SmartWater, forensics and cutting edge technology all now play a part in the fight against illegal waste dumping.

SmartWater

SmartWater has been around for years, they’re best know for their Forensic Spray System which sprays intruders with an invisible liquid that can only be seen under UV light. Last year however they were instrumental in catching the owner of a waste carrier business who dumped large quantities of rubbish in country lanes and on farmland. SmartWater had marked the waste enabling the police to prosecute and gain a conviction.

FlyMapper

The most recent innovation is FlyMapper. This new smartphone app allows Council waste officers to record, photograph, and plot fly tipping incidents onto a GPS mapping system in real time. This allows them to pinpoint hot spots for fly tipping and formulate plans to deal with the problem.

This can range from blocking access to installing CCTV or utilising aerial surveillance but essentially, it will allow the authorities to be more strategic in distributing resources. Plymouth and Reading councils already use apps for locals to report crimes, but FlyMapper could help provide evidence in prosecution cases.

Whilst there’s a long way to go before we eradicate fly tipping, these modern tools are making it harder for criminals to escape unpunished. At AMA, we are Environment Agency approved waste carriers, which means we recycle as much waste as possible before disposing of the rest in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner.

*In 2012/13, there were 711,000 reported cases of fly tipping in England. There were over 2,200 prosecutions

 

What to do with waste that can’t go into skips

August 28th, 2014

One of the biggest issues facing homeowners looking to renovate or clean their home and businesses looking for commercial skip hire, and yet the problem they most forget, is what can be done with waste not suitable for a skip.

The list of items that we, and many other skip providers, won’t accept is fairly simple and understandable. The general rule is that nothing hazardous or toxic should be included, meaning that items like fridges, tyres and medical waste are a big no-no. Along with materials such as asbestos, paint, oil and pesticides. With all of these out of bounds, not to mention items that are simply too large or awkwardly shaped to fit into a skip, what are your options?

Safe disposal of hazardous waste

Hazardous and toxic waste is a broad term, covering a huge range of different materials, from the deadly to some actually not so harmful substances. What marks this sort of waste out is the potential damage that it can cause both to the workers and machines sorting through it, and also to the environment should it wind up in landfill.

At AMA Skip Hire, we offer a professional, secure hazardous waste disposal service. We work to the very latest government regulations on the disposal of hazardous waste, and operate teams of fully licenced experts right across the UK to remove your waste wherever you are, and at short notice. If you’re not sure whether something counts as hazardous waste, just give our staff a call on 0845 4638 437 and we will help clear it up.

Paint of any kind is usually also regarded as hazardous waste, owing to the fact that an open tin will contaminate all the waste in a skip. Whilst AMA can dispose of paint, there are alternatives by which you can put it to good use. Not only will friends and family members who are decorating appreciate the gift of paint, but also there are hundreds of community projects across the country that accept donations of paint. A vast quantity of paint is needed when decorating community centers and meeting rooms, and no doubt any charity would welcome support, no matter how big or small.

Large household waste disposal

Even if your waste is inert and perfectly safe some items still aren’t acceptable in a skip because of certain components or their size. Even if you hire the largest skips available, clearing out a home full of beds, sofas and kitchen appliances can still prove too big a job. Whilst at AMA we do offer services to help remove practically any type of waste you could have, there are some alternatives to putting everything in the skip.

If your furniture is still in good condition, but you’re simply upgrading, why not consider donating? Even if your friends and family can’t make use of your throwaways, charity shops across the UK will gladly accept donations. Some charity shops may even collect from your home and do the heavy lifting for you. For kitchen appliances and white goods in general, many shops will offer a service to take away your old machine when they deliver the new one, though this may come at a cost.

How to dispose of waste that can’t go into skips

A running theme through the blog posts on our website is the dangers of fly tipping, and in this case the risks are even higher. Not only does any sort of fly tipping cause massive environmental damage, but also the costs to you, in the form of fines, can be equally devastating. The fines you could receive from illegally dumping hazardous waste may well be enormous, and even lead to prosecution or jail time – something best avoided.

On top of any fines you get for fly tipping, you can be punished for incorrectly disposing of waste in a legal way. Fridges and freezers, for example, contain “ozone-depleting substances” which, if not removed when you dispose of the item, can land you with at least a £2,500 bill.

Whether your waste is hazardous or bulky, or even both, by getting in touch with our expert staff we can help you to get the best solution for you. To find out more about all the waste management services that we offer at AMA Skip Hire, to discuss your options and receive a quote, call 0845 4638 437 today.

Summer House Clearance Skip Guide

August 14th, 2014

Skip hire from AMA makes your summer house clearance quick and easy, follow our room by room guide to see what you can and cannot put into hired skips. You can use the same skip for garden waste too, so there’s no excuses not to have that much needed clear out now summer is here. Contact us for price and delivery times for domestic skip hire in your area, we can supply nationwide with a variety of skip sizes to match your requirements. Summer House Clearance Infographic

England Vs. Brazil – Recycling World Cup

July 8th, 2014

In our last infographic post we examined the sheer scale of the waste management needed at an event like the 2014 World Cup – the staggering amount was waste produced and what is needed to tidy up once the fans head home. Although sadly an England vs. Brazil final is off the cards, thanks to some predictably woeful performances, we have decided to take a look and compare us and the home team in terms we understand – waste.

Now we accept that England and Brazil might not have much in common on the pitch, and it even seemed to us like the kids playing on Copacabana beach could challenge some of the England boys for their places. However, off the pitch our two countries might have a little more in common than you think. Take a look below for some facts and figures about how our teams and nations stack up against each other in the recycling World Cup.

Brazil vs England Waste comparison

AMA World Cup Waste Shoot-Out

June 24th, 2014

So the World Cup action is well under way and at AMA Skip Hire we’ve been working out some vital information. You’ve probably all been wondering how many football shirts can fit into a skip? Or how many skips fit onto a football pitch?

World Cup Waste Management Infographic - AMA Skip Hire

 

 

How To Dispose Of Garden Waste

June 23rd, 2014

With the sun slowly creeping out, the weekends getting warmer and evenings lengthening, it’s finally the time of year to get out in the garden and stretch those green fingers. Whilst for some of us gardening means just pottering about and doing a little weeding, for many it can be landscaping on an almost industrial scale.

Many councils in the UK now accept garden waste for recycling, nearly 95% to be precise, and garden waste now makes up more than 15% of the average household waste. Although the chances are that your council will accept the waste you produce, many charge for annual use of a bin, even if you only use it once, or won’t accept large chunks of waste, such as trees or hedges.

What AMA can do to help with your garden waste?

Whether you have a few plants and weeds to dispose of or half a tree and some bushes, AMA Skips has the solution to all your garden waste problems.

If you are unlucky enough to live in one of the very few local councils that won’t collect your garden waste, don’t despair. AMA is able to provide you with wheelie bins or skips, of varying sizes, to collect your refuse to be taken away and recycled. We deliver nationwide across the UK, so wherever you live, you can make the most of our services.

If your council does collect waste but you either have items too large, or just too much waste, to fit into the supplied bin, skip hire for garden waste could be ideal for you. Our skips come in a range of sizes, from mini skips through to builder skips and massive industrial ones – perfect for tackling any job, no matter the size. We will also arrange all necessary permits for your skip, so it won’t matter if you have to keep it on the road or in your driveway.

For people who have no space for a skip at all, we also have site clearance and man-in-a-van services available. Our man and his van will come round and help to move any waste from your land, transporting it away in the van, alleviating the need for a skip and any heavy lifting.

What happens to garden waste put into skips?

At AMA we aim to recycle 80% of any waste we receive, and garden waste is no exception to this. All of the garden waste that we send for recycling embarks on a long process, ending in becoming high-quality compost, perfect for gardening and agriculture.

Waste is transported, either by councils or third parties like us, to composting centers around the UK. Initially, non-compostable waste, such as plastic and stones, is removed, and then the remainder is gently heated and occasionally turned to provide warmth and oxygen to the organisms that help break down the material. After 8-16 weeks the process is complete and old garden waste is ready to be used on gardens again.

Whether you’re doing some simple garden maintenance or tackling the overwhelming undergrowth after a warm and wet winter, AMA’s skip hire for garden waste can help with any job you have planned. To speak to one of our expert staff just call 0845 463 8437 today.

Environmentally Friendly Music Festivals

June 17th, 2014

There are now around 1000 music festivals that take place annually in the UK, a massive increase on the 100 registered in 2004. With more festivals than ever before, more and more people are touring the country to see their favourite artists in action – not to mention the rise in international festival tourism too.

Whilst the idea of camping, partying with friends and getting back to nature for the weekend appeals to hundreds of thousands of us every year, few consider the potential damage done to local areas. Its true that the impact done by a single festival-goer is minimal, but each person can make a difference if they choose to be greener whilst camping.

After careful consideration, and plenty of trawling through the facts and figures, we at AMA have come up with our top three environmental challenges, and their solutions, that modern festivals face:

Going On Tour

Most festival revelers won’t give much thought to how they travel to their festival of choice this year – opting simply for what is most convenient and cheapest in their area. Transport is one of the biggest contributors to a festival’s pollution – almost everyone will arrive by car, train, bus or even plane, causing not only massive pollution but clogging up roads and transport systems across the country.

Many event organisers are already tackling this problem to help make their festivals greener. Glastonbury actively encourages lift sharing, running up a service to connect ticket holders to make it easier to find a car to share; estimating that 15,000 cars were cut from their carparks last year following the scheme. Shambala festival also reduced cars by charging an extra £10 to park, Broadstairs offered heavily discounted public transport through a sponsorship with Stagecoach, whilst some give food and drink vouchers to those arriving by bus or train.

Camping Under The Stars

You probably will have seen it for yourself on TV and in papers – the aftermath of festivals that leave both farmland and public spaces looking like landfill sites. Especially at the largest events, such as Glastonbury and Reading festivals, thousands of tents, chairs, gazebos and all manners of camping equipment are left behind once everyone goes home.

Many festivals will arrange for tents to be donated to charity, but usually rely on the tent being handed in to staff at the end of the festival, simply as they don’t have the manpower or time to collect and dismantle thousands of tents. Unfortunately there is very little that can be done about tent abandoning, as the culprit leaves the site before the tent is found, though many are introducing extra recycling bins and signs to push more people to be environmentally friendly.

Waste Not, Want Not

There is, obviously, much more waste produced by festivals than just camping equipment. From food waste to packaging, magazines to clothes, people leave or lose all sorts of things around campsites and festival spaces. Over 70% of festival attendees agree that general waste is a negative aspect of festivals, and so organisers have been taking steps to help.

Many festivals now charge customers a deposit for cups and cutlery, meaning that they are not treated as being so disposable and people return them, instead of discarding them, with some festivals even paying people to do ad-hoc litter picks mid-weekend to keep the site clean. Some, such as Reading and Leeds, also accept donations of leftover food and drink from partiers at the end of the festival to be donated to charity, helping to cut down on even organic waste.

It is then very easy to help cut your environmental impact at any festival this summer. With using public transport, donating anything you don’t want and recycling the rest, there is no excuse not to be green this summer.

If you’re planning your own local event or music festival, check out all of our site waste management services, and our commercial skip hire too, to help keep your space as tidy and as green as possible.

Facts and figures from http://www.agreenerfestival.com, http://www.juliesbicycle.com and http://www.wasterecycling.org.uk

Skips for moving house

May 28th, 2014

You’ve spent months, if not years, looking for the perfect house, you’ve paid the fees, seen your bank balance dwindle and done your waiting – all that’s left is the big move.

Moving house can be a stressful and testing experience at the best of times, not least because of the prospect of packing and unpacking everything you own, clearing out all the junk accumulated over years and trying to fit everything back into your new home. Whilst hiring a skip might not be the most obvious way to deal with a move, at AMA Skip Hire we think that moving house is the perfect time to clear out and start afresh.

The perfect time for a clear out

One of the most common issues people face when moving home is simply having far more stuff in their house than they realised. More than just the big items you can see as you walk around your home, each cupboard and drawer, the attic, the garden shed and almost every conceivable space is packed with items collected over the years. Chances are that you own things you never use or had even forgotten about, so why bother bringing them to your new home?

Not only will clearing out your home, using domestic skip hire before you move, save space in your new house, but also you will of course end up with fewer things to move. With fewer things to transport between homes, the cost of hiring a removal company should go down, saving you money as well as space. If you do the moving yourself, without the help of a removal firm, getting rid of unwanted junk first could also save you many costly journeys back and forth.

Space-saving techniques like this are even more important when you are looking to downsize your home. People downsize their homes for all sorts of reasons; whether you’re moving to a new area, the kids have finally moved out or you simply don’t want all that space anymore. It stands to reason that you cannot just move everything from a big house into a smaller one, so why not make the most of the opportunity to cut out the things you don’t need or want anymore – using a skip to take it all away.

AMA Skip Hire for moving house

Whether you need to clear space in a new home, cut down on moving costs or just take fewer things with you to your new house, by hiring a skip you can make waste disposal simple and hassle-free. By decluttering your current home before you move, you can make sure that you have a fresh start in your new one, free of the mess and junk that plagued you before.

At AMA we provide skips in a range of sizes, accommodating from 20 to 200 bags of waste, suitable for moving no matter how big your house or how much rubbish you have. Plus, unlike taking your waste to the tip, we guarantee that we aim to recycle at least 80% of everything we receive, making us a much more environmentally friendly service.

With nationwide coverage and next day domestic skip hire, we can get a skip to you at a time and day that suits, even at short notice, no matter where in the UK you are. If you aren’t sure what size skip you need to hire, or whether any of our other services might help you even more, our friendly, professional staff are on hand to answer any questions. We can help you to save money, have a cleaner home and take some of the stress and worry out of moving house – so why not give AMA a call?

For more information on our UK skip hire, or any other services that we offer, including container storage and site clearance, give us a call today on 0845 4638 437 or fill out a contact form on our website.

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